Learn the history of painting and drawing, and practice your drawing techniques, in an exciting online studio environment designed to sharpen skills, foster creativity, and provide context for these foundational artistic practices in today’s global art market.
Students enrolled in this online Studio course will discover the history of painting and drawing in a dynamic virtual environment that balances a variety of expert-led live sessions with self-paced practice. Taught by contemporary artists and with guest appearances by leaders in the contemporary art world, our Studio courses offer a unique perspective on traditional studio practice by also incorporating a study of history, markets, theory, and careers.
In this online course, students will learn basic drawing techniques while exploring the major artists, art movements, and market forces that have shaped the disciplines of painting and drawing. This hands-on, multifaceted approach to learning encourages students to deepen their technical knowledge and gain insight into the broader world of painting and drawing as a means of developing critical thinking and visual communication skills.
The program is geared towards students eager to discover their passions, try something new and prepare for college. From guided online studio sessions to virtual site visits led by expert practitioners, the Studio program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies. Students will emerge from the course with samples of completed work for their portfolios as well as a deeper understanding of different possible career paths for artists.
Virtual site visits may include:
• Global museums, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louvre Museum in Paris, and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
• Online viewing rooms at world-renowned art galleries, such as David Zwirner and Hauser & Wirth
• Behind the scenes at Sotheby’s auction house
• Street art exhibitions
• Artists’ studios
Global guest speakers may include:
• Artists in different media
• Museum curators
• Art dealers
• Art collectors
• Art advisors
• Representatives from artist residency programs
• Representatives from art schools
Self-paced activities and projects may include:
• A series of foundational drawing techniques practiced during self-paced studio time, with individual feedback on the student’s work given by the instructor as well as time for in-class critiques
• Creating a dynamic presentation about a contemporary artist of the student’s choosing
• Researching auction prices for a selection of contemporary artists and comparing the values of drawings and paintings in the market
- Kate McNamara is a curator, educator, and former Director of Exhibitions at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, as well as the former Director and Chief Curator at Boston University Art Gallery. She has held curatorial positions at MoMA/PS1 and Participant, INC., both in New York. Currently, McNamara is a visiting critic at the Rhode Island School of Art and Design where she teaches online, and she is Creative Director for the public art non-profit My HomeCourt. She received her MA in curatorial studies from The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.
- DonChristian Jones is a visual artist specializing in painting and drawing, as well as a singer/songwriter. His work spans performance, video, and public murals all over the United States, blending genres of painting and drawing with performance installation. Jones has shown his art and performed at institutions such as The Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA/PS1, the New Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Carnegie Center. He was an artist-in-residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 2017. He graduated from Wesleyan University, where he studied painting. Jones taught in Sotheby’s Summer Institute-Pre-College in 2019.
Tech Fee: $75
Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.